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This review is from: Verdi (Audio CD)
How many years of a great carreer has Domingo had? 30? 40? So, even if he hadn't had a carreer based on youth (such as the singer's one) even if he had been a civil servant, he would have gone into retirement by now. And here we are talking about a guy that has had a great carreer and made, justly, a fortune out of it. And what does he do? At the age of 70 he decides, after singing for many years past his prime and trying unsuccessfuly to conduct, to become a baritone. The question one has to consider is: How can a great artist be saved from ridicule? Surely, one does not have to die like Callas. One can always follow the example of the Great Tebaldi and RETIRE. Tebaldi retired at an age when still her voice was impressive and she never learnt even to spell the words "wobble" or "uncertain pitch". Here we deal with a case that is, quite frankly,if not ridiculous then terribly sad. Hear the "cortigiani..." for example. Hear it from Domingo, and then immediately play it with Gobbi, Milnes or ANY BARITONE. You will immediately know what I mean. This is not a baritone voice. This is a worn out dramatic tenor's voice. And I let aside the arias that are sung by a young hero. There the things are even worse because there is nothing youthful in Domingo's voice anymore. Well, there is not really much else to say. It happened to Luciano as well. It happened to Sutherland captured on film as a 60 year old Lucia (lol). And of course it happened to Caballe who at the age of 79 (!!!) was literally carried in front of a microphone at a concert in Athens only to show a speechless audience how an at one time great soprano could not hit ONE NOTE IN TUNE. Vanity? Avarice? I don't know...